Majority News Releases

11.08.23

Senator Murray Chairs Hearing on President’s Funding Requests, Underscores Need to Act on Request to Tackle Growing Child Care Crisis

  Senator Murray: “If we don’t act soon, the child care crisis is going to keep getting worse—and it will continue hurting our economy in the process.”   Senator Murray: “The recent partisan proposal reviving Trump’s border wall, closing our doors on many asylum seekers, and drastically rewriting immigration laws is not going anywhere …. I hope that—instead of wasting time on partisan nonstarters—we can work together on common-sense, bipartisan solutions.”   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s openi… Continue Reading


11.07.23

Senators Make Clear: We Need Comprehensive Package to Support our Allies in Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific and Deliver Vital Humanitarian Aid

As Republican Senator seeks to pass House GOP’s misguided, partisan bill providing military aid to Israel and conditioning aid on letting wealthy tax cheats off the hook, Senators reiterate: House Republicans’ bill is going nowhere ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s floor remarks*** Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) sought unanimous consent to pass House Republicans’ partisan legislation to provide military aid to Israel—leaving our allies elsewhere behind, failing… Continue Reading


11.07.23

Murray Remarks on Need for Comprehensive Security Package

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray objected to an attempt to pass House Republicans' Israel aid package and led a number of her colleagues on the floor in underscoring the importance of a serious, comprehensive package to deliver aid to Ukraine, Israel, and our partners in the Indo-Pacific and provide urgent humanitarian aid to civilians caught in conflict. Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below: “M. President, reserving the right to object, there are some fundament… Continue Reading


11.01.23

Senator Murray on Overwhelming Passage of Senate Minibus, Next Steps for Appropriations

   ICYMI: Senate Passes Bipartisan Funding Package in 82-15 Vote - MORE HERE   ***WATCH: Senator Murray's floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, following Senate passage of the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD appropriations bills, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor about the Senate’s passage of the package and next steps for appropriations:    “Thank you, M. President.… Continue Reading


11.01.23

Senate Passes Bipartisan Funding Package in 82-15 Vote

  Senate overwhelmingly passes MilCon-VA, Transportation-HUD, and Ag-FDA appropriations bills   Sen. Murray: “The three bills we just passed are the first and only serious, bipartisan appropriations bills to clear either chamber of Congress.”   Washington, D.C. — Today, in a 82-15, the U.S. Senate passed the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD appropriations bills as part of a bipartisan appropriations package. The bills, which were passed out of Committee unanimously this su… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Murray Chairs Hearing on National Security Supplemental Request: We Must Address These Urgent Challenges in One Package

  Senator Murray: “America must stand strong by our allies, dictators cannot be allowed to invade sovereign democracies, terrorism cannot be tolerated, and we cannot ignore the humanity, and the cries for help, from civilians caught in the middle of conflict and crossfire who we must protect.”   ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s full questioning of Secretaries Blinken, Austin regarding funding request***   Washington, D.C. — Today… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Murray Q&A with Secretaries Blinken and Austin at Hearing on National Security Supplemental Request

***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, gaveled in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s national security supplemental funding request. Her question-and-answer with the Secretaries follows:   Chair Murray: We have a lot of urgent challenges getting aid to Israel… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Murray Opening Remarks at Hearing on National Security Supplemental Request

  ***WATCH: Murray’s opening remarks***   ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s full questioning of Secretaries Blinken, Austin regarding funding request***    Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, gaveled in today’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s national security supplemental funding request and delivered the followin… Continue Reading


10.25.23

Murray: We’ve Got to Fulfill the President’s Child Care Request

   Murray: “As we tackle critical national security priorities, we have also got to address the child care crisis and other urgent domestic priorities that President Biden has laid out in his request.”   ***WATCH: Murray talks supplemental funding request with Sen. Baldwin, Whip Clark, Ranking Member DeLauro***   ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Supplemental Request — MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. — Today—following the submission of the President’s supplemental funding re… Continue Reading


10.25.23

Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Supplemental Request

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the supplemental funding request the President submitted to Congress this afternoon:   “Today, the President has made a request for critical funding to tackle so many of the urgent challenges we face here at home: resources to keep a fragile child care industry afloat in the midst of a worsening crisis, investments to ensure brave wildland firefighters … Continue Reading


10.24.23

Senator Murray Announces Agreement To Move Forward on Milcon-VA, THUD, and Ag-FDA Appropriations Bills

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced a bipartisan agreement to proceed with amendment votes and final passage of the Senate appropriations minibus. The agreement tees up votes this week on a robust slate of amendments to and final passage of the appropriations package comprising the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD bills—each of which passed Committee unanimously.   Senator Murray's remarks, as … Continue Reading


10.20.23

Senator Murray on the President’s Supplemental Funding Request

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the national security supplemental funding request the President submitted to Congress this morning.   “In this precarious moment, it is essential that we continue to support our friends across the globe and invest in our own security. We must stand with Israel in the face of Hamas’ horrific terrorist attacks and deliver much-needed humanitarian aid; we mu… Continue Reading


10.04.23

Senators Murray and Collins Statement Following Senate Appropriations Committee Briefing on Ukraine

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, issued the below statement following a classified Senate Appropriations Committee briefing on U.S. Assistance to Ukrainian Air Defenses.   “This morning, we received an update on Ukrainian Air Defenses and the role of U.S. assistance—and it is clear as day that continued American military and economic support for Ukraine … Continue Reading


10.03.23

ICYMI: Senator Murray Discusses Next Steps for Appropriations After Congress Averted Needless Shutdown

***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — In case you missed it: on Saturday—after the Senate passed a continuing resolution 88-9 to extend government funding at current levels through November 17 and deliver much-needed new resources for disaster relief—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about how House Republicans’ extreme proposals and tactics drove the U.S. just hours away from a government shutdown and talked about … Continue Reading


09.30.23

Schumer, McConnell, Murray, Collins, Coons, Graham Joint Statement On The Senate’s Commitment To Supporting Ukraine

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following joint statement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Susan Collins (R-ME), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Chair Chris Coons (D-DE), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the Senate’s bipartisan commitment to supporting Ukraine:   “We we… Continue Reading


09.30.23

Senator Murray Speaks on Senate Passage of CR to Prevent Needless Shutdown—and Path Ahead for Appropriations

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor after the Senate’s overwhelming passage of legislation to avert a needless government shutdown and underscored her commitment to delivering on other essential priorities—including supporting Ukraine—in the weeks ahead.   Senator Murray’s full remarks, as delivered, are below: “M. President, I have been down here … Continue Reading


09.29.23

On Senate Floor, Senator Murray Details How Extreme House Republicans Are Pushing a Senseless Shutdown—and Urges Quick, Bipartisan Action to Avert One

   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***    Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the urgent need to avoid a devastating and utterly unnecessary government shutdown by passing the Senate’s bipartisan stopgap measure—and laid out how House Republicans’ extreme tactics and funding proposals have led us to this point, just days away from a shutdown that would hurt millions of public servants… Continue Reading


09.26.23

Murray Releases Bipartisan Continuing Resolution

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released a bipartisan Continuing Resolution to extend government funding through November 17, prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month, and allow work on full-year appropriations bills to continue.   “A shutdown would be nothing short of a catastrophe for American families, our national security, and our economy. It is critical that we avoid one, and that’s exactly what thi… Continue Reading


09.14.23

Chair Murray Remarks on Next Steps in Consideration of Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the Senate's consideration of the appropriations package comprising the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD bills after seeking unanimous consent to proceed with 5 Republican and 5 Democratic amendments to the bills—and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) objected.   Senator Murray’s full floor remarks, as delivered, are below:   “M. President. Let’s… Continue Reading


09.13.23

Chair Murray Remarks on Senate Consideration of Appropriations Package

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray's floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the first three appropriations bills on the floor and the Senate's consideration of the package after the Senate voted 85-12 on Tuesday to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bills.   Senator Murray’s full floor remarks, as delivered, are below: “Mr. President, I want to start today by thanking S… Continue Reading

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